The six-time MotoGP world champion finished eighth in the Jerez race last Sunday, the second coming back after a nine-month hiatus due to injury.
Although still not at his physical peak, he admitted that his condition was better on the bike than in Portugal, which for the first time this year allowed him to better understand the RC213V 2021.
After following his teammate Pol Espargaro, HRC test driver Stefan Bradl and Johann Zarco of Pramac Ducati in the Spanish GP, Marquez noted that the RC213V 2021 was weak midway out of the corners.
“I had the opportunity to follow Stefan, to follow Pol and also to follow Johann for a few laps,” Marquez told Motorsport.com where he found the bike weaker compared to the last Honda than it was. he had piloted.
“And where we lose more is the mid-exit turn.
“So this is where normally if you want to ride fast and steadily, this is where you have to be strong and this is where we lose the most.
“So we have to understand why. Now we are trying to analyze everything.
“I mean, for me the key to this weekend is that I have improved my fitness a lot compared to Portimao.”
Marquez had hoped to further assess the bike in Monday’s post-race test in Jerez, but withdrew after just seven laps due to pain in his neck from his big crash in FP3 – which he suffered. admitted to having left it “destroyed” after the grand prix.
“So we haven’t tested. We just did a run and the second run I already felt something, ”he said on Monday.
“My body was locked, especially the neck and also the right shoulder.
“It’s something similar but in a better way in Portimao. In Portimao, I drove and suffered a lot, then on Monday I was completely locked up. But here in Jerez I felt better.
“It’s true that the fall I had on Saturday didn’t help the situation, but anyway I tried because I thought maybe when the body warmed up it would be okay.
“But I immediately saw that I was not at a good level to ride a bike and try things.”
Honda riders had a busy test on Monday, all trying out various new parts – with the brand bringing five different aero fairings to evaluate.
After saying his RC213V was ‘messy’ in the Jerez race, Espargaro expressed frustration that all of the Honda riders during the Spanish GP weekend were working with different packages and felt that was slowing down Development.